shrimp

noun
\ˈshrimp, especially Southern ˈsrimp\
plural shrimp or shrimps

Definition of shrimp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food also : a small crustacean (such as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimp

2 usually disparaging : a very small or puny person or thing

shrimp

verb
shrimped; shrimping; shrimps

Definition of shrimp (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish for or catch shrimp

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Other Words from shrimp

Noun

shrimplike \ˈshrimp-ˌlīk, ˈsrimp- \ adjective
shrimpy \ˈshrim-pē, ˈsrim- \ adjective

Examples of shrimp in a Sentence

Noun

He's a little shrimp of a boy. the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Split a half pound of peel-and-eat shrimp for $14, then try the low country catfish for $17. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "New to Louisville? These are the 5 restaurants you really must try," 5 June 2018 Peel and eat shrimp on an egg sandwich — Raksmorgas. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Meet South Florida's World Cup fans: Group F," 31 May 2018 The organization suggests eating (cooked) fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury like shrimp, salmon, catfish, and pollock. Korin Miller, SELF, "Hilary Duff May Have Eaten Sushi While Pregnant and Everyone Needs to Chill Out About It," 13 July 2018 The play: Pimento cheese ($7), shrimp and grits ($17), chicken and dumplings ($14) Duck Duck Goat 857 W. Fulton Market, 312-902-3825 Impress your date with a celebrity chef sighting of Top Chef and Iron Chef Stephanie Izard. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 The green phoenix roll was a poetic beauty of delightfully crunchy tempura shrimp, wrapped in soy paper with salmon and avocado. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 Raw ceviche shrimp stored about lettuce and peppers. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018 On the menu: Seafood, such as crab legs, shrimp, oyster, lobster, mahi mahi, salmon, tilapia, red snapper, grouper, catfish, mussels and octopus. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Elgin Courier-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Port Edward in Algonquin," 7 July 2018 His chef has also created a special entree — seafood pasta which includes tilapia, shrimp, calamari sautéed with garlic and white wine and served over linguini with alfredo or marina sauce. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Docks Bar and Grill in Wauconda," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The store's fishmongers can assist with anything from recipe suggestions to shrimp de-veining. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Here's a sneak peek inside Whole Foods, uptown Charlotte's new grocery store," 11 June 2018 By the early eighties, drug dealers were transporting pot and cocaine on shrimping boats from South America to the islands east of Savannah, and officers on the drug task force were taking a cut. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 All the shellfish comes by the pound, so shrimp ends up giving you more edible fish than king crab legs ($35), for instance, because the latter’s shells are heavy. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Where everybody has to put down the phone to eat," 27 Apr. 2018 Saturday's blessing of water vessels - a maritime tradition to mark the start of shrimping season - should be finished before the inclement weather makes it to the island, Barthelemy said. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Fest still on for Saturday," 13 Apr. 2018 Menu options range from their popular burgers to shrimp tacos and a pork and beans dish recommended for sharing. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit women's convention: 14 restaurants you can walk to from Cobo," 25 Oct. 2017 These include Ann Sather cinnamon rolls, deep-dish pizza, and shrimp de jonghe. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is an historical treat," 13 Sep. 2017 Recipe: Shrimp With Creamed Corn and Feta Follow NYT Food on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Want to Make Creamed Corn Into a Meal? Add Shrimp," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shrimp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shrimp

Noun

Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up

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More Definitions for shrimp

shrimp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shrimp

: a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food

: a very small or unimportant person

shrimp

noun
\ˈshrimp \

Kids Definition of shrimp

1 : a small shellfish of the sea that is related to the crabs and lobsters and is often used for food

2 : a very small or unimportant person or thing

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